Blog post by: asailorswife.net
If you haven’t been to Rosemont, Illinois yet, you just have to add this great city to your travel list! From the breath-taking architecture to the endless attractions, to the delicious restaurants, to the city events, and of course shopping! Here are some things to do in Rosemont: The Ultimate Itinerary from yours truly, a local.
Day 1 in Rosemont - Check into Loews Chicago O’Hare
Loews Chicago O’Hare is rich for its distinctive artwork that’s on display- the hotel even has its own gallery! How impressive is that? You can even arrange to get a tour of their Art/Museo collection.
The hotel has spacious rooms that are modern with clean and crisp lines as well as a residential feel. The Corner King Guest Room offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area of Rosemont and gives you the chance to escape from the city bustle and enjoy spacious freedom. There’s one King Bed with a pillow-top mattress, the bathroom is made of marble and features a walk-in rainfall shower.
There’s an oversized desk available to do your work, and there are also rollaways and cribs available upon request at extra charges. There’s a flat screen TV and free WiFi. The Attached Double Guest Room are spacious and are perfect for rest, work, and relaxation. The room includes two double beds with pillow-top mattresses, the bathroom is made of marble and also has a walk-in rainfall shower, and an oversized desk.
There are some great restaurants here, after all, a good meal is key. The best part is that there isn’t just one restaurant, but three that are on-site at the Loews Chicago O’Hare. There’s The Capital Grille, which are popular for their classic American dishes and dry-aged steaks. Then there’s the Fresco 21, which is a Mediterranean Kitchen. If you’re a fan of fresh seafood, then dining at McCormick & Schmick’s is a must.
What’s also great about this hotel is the fact that you can still work, have a meeting, or just catch up on your emails during your stay- all thanks to their 24/7 business center that has scanning, printing, and other business related facilities. There’s also flexible meeting space available.
Let’s talk about shopping. The Loews Chicago O’Hare is in close proximity to Chicago’s Fashion Outlets with the endless bargains that are just waiting to be snapped up.
There’s even more attractions and dining options nearby and in the greater area of Chicago.
After we checked into this beautiful hotel, we decided to head out for some shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago.
Shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Rosemont shines when it comes to fashion outlets and entertainment offerings. Located about fifteen miles from downtown Chicago are the Fashion Outlets of Chicago– packed with over 130 stores that offer savings of up to 75% off. The Fashion Outlets stands out in the U.S Midwest as the only shopping outlet that’s multi-level. It’s more than a place to score savings, thanks to is easy accessibility to the cosmopolitan city of Chicago, its variety, and its customer service.
Some of the high-end and major labels available here are those of Burberry, Gucci, Tory Burch, Prada, AllSaints, Ted Baker, Longchamp, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, and Stuart Weitzman. Get yourself some classic American attire from Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, or get yourself a trinket from Swarovski, if you head over to Barneys New York Warehouse you’ll feel as though you’re shopping at Madison Avenue.
There are also beloved and favorite brands here like Gap Factory Store, Banana Republic, Levi’s, and J. Crew Factory for urban and denim wear. Under Armour and lululemon athletica for athletic wear. The Body Shop and L’Occitane for beauty and wellness. Unbelievable sales at Theory and American Eagle Outfitters, as the savings begin to pile up heading to the kid’s stores The Children’s Place and Janie and Jack. There are other surprise brands too, like Le Creuset, Kipling, Vineyard Vines, BOSE and UGG outlets.
Trying to navigate through all 130 stores is a tedious task, so let the concierge services make things a little easier for you- after all, having 50 more stores to go to but already being loaded down with shopping is no fun. There’s a shopping bag hold and coat check that you should definitely take advantage of.
In face, the concierge service even assist you with making dining reservations, printing of boarding passes, and exchanging foreign currency. If you need to get something fitted, head over to Nordstrom Rack’s Alterations Service. If you would like to make even bigger savings, download and install the digital Fashion Outlets Saving Pass for discounts and special offers from restaurants and retailers that are participants in the Saving Pass.
Dinner and Bowling at KINGS Dining & Entertainment
KINGS Dining & Entertainment is more than just an award-winning place to gather with friends and family to eat, drink, play, laugh, and connect together. There are locations all across the country and each one has its own unique offerings. The one in Rosemont includes a bowling venue with twenty lanes, billiard tables, two bars, and an eatery.
KINGS Dining & Entertainment sets itself apart with social gaming, the ultimate experience to watch top sports games thanks to its three 14-foot LED Screens in The Draft Room, scratch dishes on the menu from its award-winning kitchen like Fresh Salmon, House-Smoked Ribs, crisp salads, Buffalo Chicken Wontons & Brauhaus Pretzel, Grilled Steak Tips, premium cocktails and decadent desserts. There are also family-friendly days featured as well as evening haven for adults after 10pm.
Day 2 in Rosemont: In Room Breakfast
With Star Service or Chat Your Service you’ll have anything you need right at the tip of your fingers. You just send a text message to the Front Desk and you’ll be covered- from requesting restaurant reservation, to getting more hangers, to requesting the AC to be turned up, to getting extra shampoo, this personalized service makes life so much more easier and relaxed.
In addition to the restaurants that are in the hotel, there’s also a bar on the rooftop where you can enjoy a drink. You can also savor a meal from the comfort of your own room thanks to the 24/7 room service. At your convenience, you can enjoy a breakfast that’s cooked-to-order and served at a fee from 6 am until 11 am. Or, you can head to the coffee shop and get yourself a pick-me-up.
Indoor Sky Diving at iFLY
photo credit: IFLY
Have you ever wished that you could fly? Wish no more, your dream can become a reality in under two hours with the iFLY Indoor Skydiving experience. Here’s how iFLY works, you’ll get to experience bodyflight in the wind tunnel with an Indoor Skydiving instructor to help guide and teach you. This is a great activity for all ages and brings lasting memories!
Here are some frequently asked questions from iFly that may prepare you for this incredible experience.
What is a high flight?
With the high flight purchase, guests can fly higher and faster with their instructor than they would fly on their own. The high flight occurs during the last 15-20 seconds of the guest’s final flight.
Do I have to do the training session?
All first-time flyers are obliged to take the training class. You’ll get a lot of essential and important information as well as some pre-flight practice of your flying position. If you’ve flown within the last three months, you don’t have to do the training session again and can book a flight as a Return Flyer.
Will I need to take off my watch and jewelry?
Yes. You should remove any items that might flap around or become loose, such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, rings, and hair accessories. Also, you should remove everything from your pockets. We do have lockers for your use, but we recommend leaving anything valuable at home as we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen property.
What should I wear?
Please wear well-fitting tennis shoes. Other shoes are not suitable. Wear casual clothes, preferably pants and a shirt without a collar. You won’t have to change out of these clothes—you’ll put your flight suit on over your street clothes. Individuals with long hair should wear it braided and in a low bun.
How long should I plan to be there?
The iFLY experience lasts approximately an hour and 45 minutes in total. This will cover your check-in time, the training session, flight time, and time after your flight to remove gear and look at photos and video if interested. Save time by completing your waiver ahead of time.
What time should I arrive?
If you have a reservation for any of the below locations, you must arrive on time for your scheduled session. Your experience will begin promptly upon your arrival, so please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for your reservation so you have time to check-in.
Can I fly with my friends or family members?
We generally fly several people in each session. Your friends and family will be part of the same group, however, you will fly one at a time in the flight chamber one-on-one with your instructor. Once you have gained more flight experience, then you will be able to fly with others of the same skill level in the tunnel. If someone chooses to come to watch, he or she is welcome to accompany you through your experience and can watch from the observation area.
How old do you have to be?
Flyers can be as young as three years of age, and there is no upper age limit. Children under 18 years of age need to have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.
How do I access my photographs?
During your flight session, the driver of our wind tunnel will be taking snaps of you mid-flight. Don’t forget to smile! All photos can be viewed immediately after your flights, and they’re available to purchase in a number of formats (digital downloads, 6 x 8 prints and more). You can also access your purchased photos online for up to 3 months following your flights.
Can I complete my waiver online?
Yes. There’s an option to complete your waiver online after checkout or you can simply click here.
What is included with my flight?
iFLY offers various packages but each First-Time Flyer package includes your training session, use of all the flight gear, your flight time in the tunnel, hands on personal assistance from your instructor and a personalized flight certificate.
How do I book?
To book a flight, please click here to go through our easy booking engine or you can call to reserve at your local tunnel. To find a tunnel near you, please click here.
How much does it cost?
Our basic first-time flyer package starts at $59.95. Flight packages vary in cost at iFLY based upon the number of flyers, whether you have flown before and how much time you fly. Find the right flight package for you by using our flight booking tool.
Lunch at Bub City
Bub City is located within walking distance of iFLY and will not fail to disappoint as it’s one of Chicago’s most beloved spots to dine at since the early ‘90s. Be prepared to indulge in their new menu with a focus on Southern authentic barbecue. Some of their delicious signature items include Burnt Ends, Fried Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, 18-hour Beef Brisket, and Carolina-Style Pulled Pork.
There are so many ways to spend 2 days in Rosemont. What kind of things would you like to do in Rosemont?
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